Michigan Community College Association President Visits Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks Community College staff and board members were visited by Michigan Community College Association’s new president, Brandy Johnson, at their meeting Thursday.

Johnson introduced herself and said she would visit all 28 community colleges in the state this year. She spoke about community college initiatives, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “60 in 30” student achievement goal. The goal is for 60% of Michigan residents to graduate with a post-secondary certificate or degree by 2030. Currently, the state is at 49.1%, Johnson said.

Ren Hartung, a science teacher, has announced that he’s starting a new middle school band called Vikings Outside. The first group meeting will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 near the main entrance of the college where participants will explore the outdoor activities possible at the GOCC for students as well as the community.

GOCC President David Devier gave an update on the work being done at the college. A $7.3 million capital expenditure project continues to go well. The plan is to return the Learning Commons and F-Wing to service at the start of the fall semester, when art studio work will begin. Work continues to renovate the south side of campus. Plans include converting two sports locker rooms into four to accommodate visiting teams, renovating the Nora Hagen Theater to create a conference room and creating new space for Allied Health Laboratories. Once the architectural plans are in place, work can proceed with the USDA loan application. Work is also continuing on a new maintenance building.

In action points on Thursday, the board approved an update to the international student policy with the addition of the Duolingo English test as an acceptable form of English proficiency for international students.